Latest posts by Bookertoo

What the ?*******? is doing this?

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 15:38

I've gardened here for 20 years, nearly, and lived in armed warfare with squirrels most of that time.  Thus I know well what kind of thing they do and much as I'd like to blame them for everything - I don't honestly believe this is them.

Several pots of bulbs, well up and coming into flower, hyacinths, scilla, chinodoxia etc., have had every leaf pulled from them, & the bulbs virtually hollowed out. Daffodil flowers have been removed from stems and placed in another pot nearby - uneaten.  I've never in more years of gardening seen damage quite like this.  The only new thing we have in an overabundance of magpies - could it be them?  We have the odd mouse and rat just like everyone else, but nothing new.  The pots are large ones, most of them, and the damage done is incredibly severe - really nothing left at all.  Then, to top it off, my white camellia, which was full of flowers, has had every flower taken off since yesterday afternoon, and the remains scattered in other pots around the area - anyone one with any ideas?

There is limited access to the garden, only from the front of the house, there are no back access points for humans, tho' of course any animal can get in if it chooses. We have foxes around, always have had, and I'm delighted to say the owls are in full cry - everything just as usual except this damage.  Ideas, please?

Hepaticas - can they thrive in a stone sink?

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 10:47

Hepaticas really don't like clay in any shape or form.  Mine live on a gritty raised area where they spread gently about, with very, very good drainage - more grit than soil.  They won't mind being rained on, but will object very much indeed to wet feet.  

Project - overgrown garden

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 10:45

Slowly by slowly by slowly! It's still too early and too wet to do alot but wait - there maybe wonderful things in there waiting to delight you.Big dandelions and such can be pulled out if you can reach them without standing on wet soil, if not, try and dead head when they set clocks.  Otherwise, wait for nature to do her thing,  she will, then you can lend her a hand.  Once the ground is dry you can begin to see what you have got, it sounds as if the garden has been loved at some time so it is worth having the patience.  You can cut back brambles if you have some, again wait till the soil is dryer and does not compact under your feet.  Hopefully you will have the garden for a long time, so rushing in now will not really gain you alot. 

ID please

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 10:39

Give it time, as the new greener leaves come through, you can remove the mottled ones if you like.  Important to use ericaceous compost and feed for skimmia.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 10:37

Hard frost here in Nottingham area, but bright and sunny - nice if you stay indoors!

Old Sunflower Seeds

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 15:36

Sow them, what have you got to lose?  I've grown excellent plants from very old seeds, some do indeed deteriorate, but most go on for ages - Nature wastes little.

Finally, I have made a decision ...

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 20:00

Don't even try - you'll spoil the experience!   We went a few years ago, it was one of the best shows ever - do enjoy to the fullest.  Maybe take cash and nit a credit card? That can help re too much spending - but maybe we don't want to be helped really!!

Greening the grey: How to tackle the front garden of flats?

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:49

So does pyracantha!! 

Finally, I have made a decision ...

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:48

Well, it's only February - plenty of time for some winter weather yet, so no need to really pin yourself down to what and where - except that many of the best seeds or plants are beginning to go.   I love this time, when I can plan away, forgetting what is already in the ground, or in the pots, so end up double planting (often), sowing enough for a ¾ of an acre for my not very big garden, jamming things into pots and generally having a lovely time.  Then there are garden shows - and surely there is room for one more hosta, one more fuchsia - so that's another couple of pots, and the grass is disappearing - and there are lily bulbs arriving that I had forgotten I had ordered ……….  indeed, an obsession, but there are worse ones to have I guess.  

Weights measures and terminology

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 22:34

A large pot cannot be moved by one person, unless you are using a JCB or a wheeled pot mover and two large strong people  A medium pot can be moved by one gardener, but not far if full of compost, a small one can be popped around the garden as and when you choose - but then, so can a large one if you choose to do so!!  How long is a piece of string? As long as it needs to be to just fail to do the job you had hoped it would - or maybe not ………..

A pot is a container when you feel the shape suggests something different from a flower pot shape - or not, maybe. If you have to make a hole in it rather than it coming with one it might be a container, or worn out wellies, or if it had something else in it before the compost it might be a container - or a pot if it was a saucepan …...

One bean makes five, or fifty five if you plant them well.

Ask God, I suggest as many as they choose, are you going to argue with the angels??


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